An ingrown toenail is a very common and extremely unpleasant problem presenting to our podiatry practice. They are caused when the nail is incurvated (turned in) and penetrates the skin. Although a relatively minor complaint they can be extremely painful and if left untreated can result in swelling, infection, and more serious problems. Athletes, kids, and the elderly often suffer from ingrown toenails and it makes up around 20 % of foot problems seen at our clinic. They are usually easily and painlessly treatable by a Podiatrist however some may require a small in-clinic procedure.
Ingrown toenail surgery is a safe and effective procedure for permanently addressing ingrown toenails. Podiatrists are the best placed medical professional to perform this procedure as they complete these procedures many times per week.
If there are signs of infection and considerable pain, a person should not delay seeking a Podiatrist as the infection could spread. Antibiotics are sometimes used to treat the infection but most often the nail needs to be removed before your body can heal and solve the infection itself.
People should seek immediate medical care for people with conditions such as diabetes, nerve damage, or poor circulation.
Ingrown toenail surgery often called a wedge resection, partial/total nail avulsion is a procedure that takes place under local anaesthetic. The procedure treats ingrown toenails by removing the offending nail edge from where it is penetrating the skin. The nail is taken back to the base and removed, often a chemical called phenol is used to kill the nail bed in that area to permanent stop the ingrown toenail.
Longstanding ingrown toenails that continue to re-occur
Multiple Infections and severe pain
Poor nail shape due to fungus, thickening or curvature
Sports & Activities that increase the likelihood of re-occurrence
Hereditary component to ingrown toenails
Co-Morbidities like diabetes or peripheral vascular disease
An injection of local anaesthetic is administered into the toe
The offending nail edge is cut out at the nail bed
A chemical is placed in the nail bed to prevent regrowth
The toe is cleaned and dressed with antiseptic to minimise infection
Nick is a Hobart Podiatrist based at Claremont Podiatry. First, he graduated from La Trobe University, Melbourne in 2013 with a Bachelors of Health Science and a Masters of Podiatric Practice. After that, our Claremont Podiatrist gained clinical experience across Australia and Internationally.
Certainly, we strive for the highest quality care and satisfaction for our patients. Therefore, we offer a satisfaction guarantee on all our nail surgery procedures. This is because we are confident that you will get successful outcomes with our treatment options.